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  O-9
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  June 24, 2013
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS:

One of the expressed goals of the Cambridge City Council is to "promote a healthy community and environment to advance Cambridge as a leader in public health and environmental sustainability"; and

     
WHEREAS:

For years, the City of Cambridge has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting growth of local businesses that implement business practices built around social and environmental considerations; and  

     
WHEREAS:

In May, the City of Cambridge joined with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University as a signatory of the Cambridge Community Compact for a Sustainable Future, the first compact of its kind that will allow for a coordinated community effort in addressing global environmental challenges, including climate change; and 

     
WHEREAS: Furthermore, the City of Cambridge strives to lead by example by engaging in a variety of initiatives aimed at improving the sustainability of municipal operations, including improvements to energy performance of municipal buildings, emphasis on a fuel efficient vehicle fleet, expanded use of renewable energy, and the development of new city initiatives to assist residents in leading more sustainable and healthful lives; and 
     
WHEREAS: A further effort that the City of Cambridge can make to combat pollution and climate change is to divest its retirement pension fund from fossil fuel companies; and 
 
WHEREAS: A recent report by Aperio Group suggested that over the past ten years a carbon divested fund would have yielded higher returns than a non-divested portfolio; now therefore be it 
       

RESOLVED:

The City Council go on record supporting the principle of fossil fuel divestment; and be it further
     

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to urge the Cambridge Retirement Board of Trustees to review Cambridge's investment portfolio to consider divestment from fossil fuel companies. 
    

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